• Cambodia
    • Phnom Penh
1 to 12 weeks

Program Details

Age Min.
Year Round
Guesthouse Host Family
Small Group (1-15) Medium Group (16-30) Large Group (31+)
Travel Type
Budget Family Older Travelers Solo Women


Starting Price
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We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to volunteer internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.

What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Meals Travel Insurance
What's Not Included
Activities Airfare Domestic Airfare SIM cards Transportation Visa
Dec 10, 2019
May 15, 2024
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About Program

When you commit to a volunteer opportunity in Cambodia, you will experience astounding grandeur side-by-side with overwhelming need. This is the Cambodia of today.

It is impossible not to be impressed by the intricate and ornate temples, dating back as far as the ninth century. But other more modern structures, like the white stone monolith that rises over the Killing Fields and houses 9,000 human skulls, tell another side of the story of this beautiful country.

Cambodia's people have literally lived through hell in the last 50 years. However, their economy is rebounding, their government is stable, and tourism is on the rise - always a sign of positive change in a nation. Unfortunately though, the gap between the rich and poor is ever increasing. Health care and development projects are desperately needed, as well as volunteers to assist in the growing number of orphanages.

Consider your impact: Volunteering abroad can be a rewarding experience for both volunteers and local communities, and at Go Overseas, we believe all volunteers should have the resources to make informed decisions about the type of volunteer project they want to partake in. However, despite best intentions, some organizations offering placements in orphanages may unknowingly place children in danger. You can read about the potential dangers of orphanage volunteering here.

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  • Join thousands of volunteers on affordable programs helping to change the world one family at a time
  • Guaranteed lowest program fees in the US – starting at $350 per week.
  • Contribute in the way that is most meaningful to you and get a life changing experience.
  • Your fees directly benefit the volunteer project – there are no middlemen
  • Your safety is always our priority… every volunteer location has been thoroughly vetted

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Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteering as a Physiotherapist in Cambodia.

Through Global Crossroads I volunteered as a Physiotherapist at the Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital for 8 weeks. Most of the time was spent in an outpatient setting with a varied caseload. Most of the patients suffered from either stroke, orthopedic injury, or musculoskeletal complaints. There were other unique patient groups such as patients with Bell's palsy. The staff were very welcoming and friendly. Most of the staff and patients could speak some English.

I would recommend volunteering here for Physiotherapists with a few years of experience as there is limited clinical support/supervision, minimal access to patient's notes/medical backgrounds, and a language barrier. Furthermore, the treatment approach and medical devices used in the Physiotherapy Department are "old school" compared to what is taught now. Therefore, it is important to be comfortable to go against the grain so your patients receive evidence-based active treatments.

Regarding visiting Cambodia, I can't speak highly enough of the country. Firstly the people are friendly. It is not uncommon to get invited by strangers to sit down with them and share a cold beer. While Phnom Penh isn't the most liveable city there is a lot of interesting (albeit depressing) history to explore. It is also a good springboard to explore other parts of the country that are truly amazing such as Ankor Wat and the coast.

I can't speak to the accommodation that is offered here to other volunteers as I was lucky enough to have a family friend who put me up.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would come with more resources such as booklets that are written in Khmer to help upskill staff in the rehabilitation of stroke patients. I would also bring with me some equipment that would make rehabilitation easier for patients such as non-slip mats
  • Friendly staff and people
  • Cambodia the country is beauitful and fascinating
  • Food
  • Price. Quiet expensive considering that I organised my own accomodation and wasn't being provided food. A breakdown of where the money went would also be helpful and make it less of a barrier.
  • Traffic of Phnom Penh is rough, particuarlly during rush hour.
  • Highest recorded temperature in Cambodia for 170 years
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